I know...I know. USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION. I have, but I have not found answers to these specific questions.
I will be taking delivery of a new SD 17 in August, and I am getting all of my "upgrades" together now, because I will be taking the Casita on a 3 week shakedown in September and early October.
I know it comes well equipped for camping with hookups, but also know that I want to go off the grid. I just purchased a Renogy 100W portable solar unit with the Explorer waterproof controller. Waterproof is an absolute necessity in Louisiana. Heck, sometimes we get enough rain in a couple of hours to put the unit completely underwater. (Did you know that Louisiana is usually ranked the #1 state for or greatest annual rainfall in inches/year?) It really gets wet down here.
However, I digress. I will be getting the new Mach 8 EZ Polar Cub. I think EZ means it already has the hard/soft start function.
Here is the question. How much generator do I need to reliably operate the air conditioner in really harsh conditions? I mean 100++ degrees. Although, I plan to be in mostly cooler climates in the summer months, I will also use the Casita as a base camp for fishing on the coast in summer or pursuing other interests in equally hot environments. The published data on the Mach 8 EZ Polar Cub indicates the power consumption is 1270 watts for standard running conditions and 1550 watts for "desert" conditions.
Right now I'm looking at 3 units, all less than 50 lbs. This is pretty much my upper limit due to multiple back surgeries (I don't want any more) and a really nasty shoulder fracture a couple of years ago.
1. A-iPower 1600W Running / 2000W Peak generator from Costco ($499). With the Yamaha motor, Costco guarantee, and price, I would really like for this to work. However, the 1600W running watts is pretty close to the stated "desert" requirements of the Mach 8, and if any altitude is factored into the equation it may come up short. I doubt that I could run any other appliances, or even charge the battery at the same time.
2. The new Honda 1800/2200. The 1800 running watts would certainly give a "cushion" to keep the Mach 8 running on max in extreme conditions, and may provide some battery charge, but at the price, I'm not sure it is the best option. Still, I can afford the $999 and the Honda service record is nothing to easily dismiss.
3. The Westinghouse iGen 2500. About the same weight as the other generators and available on Amazon for $599. This should give plenty of extra power to keep Mach 8 running in the harshest of conditions, and even provide enough extra for battery charge, lights, or maybe to operate a 600 watt microwave. I've found that when the temp is >100 degrees, I really want an inside cooking/warming solution that doesn't require that I heat up the trailer or stand outside in the sweltering heat while being devoured by mosquitos. However, I'm really not sure of the service record on this unit or its suitability for really hot conditions. I believe there was a recall last year because the units were running too hot...not good in 100++ temps.
I am just looking for some insight and opinions.